I thought I’d share with you how I got an article on The Navy Wife into a local Scottish newspaper, The Helensburgh Advertiser. The novel is set in the Royal Navy base in Faslane and the married quarters down the road from Helensburgh in Rhu, as well as in Portsmouth. Thinking the papers might be interested in a novel, set in the locality, I sent a Tweet out to two newspapers.
— Helena Halme Author (@helenahalme) February 12, 2016
I was thrilled when, the next day, I was contacted by a reporter for The Helensburgh Advertiser, but was sent into a spin when she asked, ‘Have you got a picture of you with the book?’ I only had the Proof copy of the novel and was waiting for the box of books to arrive. Luckily the ‘Proof’ stamp was inside the book, so from the outside it looked like the real thing. I hastily asked daughter to step in as photographer. The picture in the paper is the result of a 2-second ‘photo shoot’. (Daughter had just popped in for a change of clothes – it was a Saturday). I look pretty happy in it, though? The Tweet and the article is also included as a success story in a post on the ALLi Self-publishing Advice blog on wacky marketing campaigns by indies. I’m yet to hear back from Portsmouth Evening News, but fear not, they’re in my sights. Here is a link to the article, hope you like it.